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Public Humanities Research Assistant Internship


National Humanities Alliance


Washington, D.C. (Remote)


Michelle May-Curry, project director of Humanities for All

Description of Internship Project and Intern’s Role and Responsibilities

The research assistant will work with the project director and research associate of the NHA’s Humanities for All initiative to research, update, and create content for resources related to Humanities for All’s work to highlight and advocate for the public humanities in higher education. This is an excellent opportunity for graduate students interested in learning more about the public humanities or with experience working on public humanities projects. Ideal candidates will be studying in the humanities, humanistic social sciences, or related field.
The intern may work on projects in the following areas:

  1. Profile writing. The Humanities for All website features a database of over 2,000 publicly engaged humanities projects, over 50 of which have long-form profiles. The intern would assist in the interviewing, research, and writing of five additional profiles to be published on the website.
  2. Support in the creation of a public humanities training resource. The intern will work within an existing document to organize and fact check current listings of public humanities training programs (such as majors/minors, certificates, etc.), review responses to a large-scale survey to find additional entries, and research platforms to host the resource.
  3. Communications. The intern will work with the Humanities for All team to develop social media and other outreach based on existing content, newly written profiles, and other resources.
  4. Annotated bibliography. The intern will work within an existing resource to finalize an annotated bibliography of scholarship about the public humanities. Work may include gathering additional bibliography entries and writing brief subsection annotations
    Other opportunities for the intern may be available based on their specific interests, including webinar or conference presentations, writing and editing for the Humanities for All blog, survey development, data analysis, and more.

Time commitment (i.e., schedule, days per week needed)

Full time
Start date: June 1, 2022
End date: August 19, 2022



About the Organization

The National Humanities Alliance (NHA) is a nationwide coalition of organizations advocating for the humanities on campuses, in communities, and on Capitol Hill. Founded in 1981, NHA is supported by over 200 member organizations, including colleges, universities, libraries, museums, cultural organizations, state humanities councils, and scholarly, professional, and higher education associations. It is the only organization that brings together the U.S. humanities community as a whole.

Humanities for All is an initiative of the National Humanities Alliance and documents and promotes publicly engaged humanities work in U.S. higher education, including the full range of humanities research, teaching, preservation, infrastructure, and programming conducted with and for diverse public partners. We are particularly interested in identifying the infrastructure that supports this work, which enriches all involved: building and strengthening communities; creating innovative and practical learning experiences for people of all ages and backgrounds; offering public forums for meaningful dialogue; and advancing humanities scholarship that broadens our understanding of ourselves, our nation, and our world.

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